War on red tape undermines Govt's green credentials
Commenting on David Cameron’s boast today of tearing up 80,000 pages of environmental protections and building guidelines, Friends of the Earth’s Policy and Campaigns Director Craig Bennett said:
“The Government must stop making the environment a scapegoat for the economic challenges we face.
“Important rules that safeguard our health and environment are being lost in this ideologically-driven war on red-tape.
“Ministers are allowing firms to frack under peoples’ homes without telling them, and planning to scrap rules to make developers build homes with a low environmental impact.
“Building a strong economy and protecting the environment are two sides of the same coin – we won’t build a strong, sustainable economy if we sacrifice the long term-future of our planet for short-term financial gain.”
Notes to editors:
1. David Cameron will announce plans to help house builders and make it easier and cheaper for businesses to meet environmental obligations.